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Monday, March 19, 2018

Three Most Common Freshwater Fish in Africa

Sardine, Tilapia and Nile Perch Three Most Common Freshwater Fish in Africa

Africa super fish the sardine, tilapia and Nile perch are the three most common freshwater fish in Africa. Fish is truly nature’s superfood as it contains most of the nutrients you need to lead a healthy life and is a good source of protein, minerals and vitamins.

Sardine, Tilapia and Nile Perch Three Most Common Freshwater Fish in Africa

Fish have been on the earth for more than 450 million years.

African Freshwater Sardines, Nile Perch and Tilapia Fish

Freshwater Sardines

·        The freshwater sardine is a small silvery fish with a strong taste that is usually sun dried and eaten whole.

·        Sardines contain Omega-3, Vitamin D, selenium, B12 and many other nutrients that make them beneficial for reducing inflammation and protecting cells.

·        Sardines provide plenty of essential nutrients, earning them a place in the Diabetes Forecast Magazine list of five superfoods you should be eating.

·        If you are purchasing fresh sardines, look for ones that smell fresh, are firm to the touch, and have bright eyes and shiny skin.

·        Fresh sardines are very perishable and normal refrigerator temperatures of 36-40F (2-4C) do not inhibit the enzymatic activity that causes them to spoil; they are best when stored at 28-32F (-2-0C).

Freshwater Nile Perch

·        Nile Perch is a large fish that can be bought whole, as fillet or steak.

·        Easy to digest, delicate in taste with a firm and flaky texture.

·        One of the best sources of Omega 3 fats.

·        A large-mouthed fish, the Nile perch is greenish or brownish above and silvery below and grows to about 1.8 m or 6 feet and 140 kg or 300 pounds.

Freshwater Tilapia

·        Tilapia is a medium sized white fleshed fish that actually refers to several related fish species that originated in Africa.

·        Rich in protein, vitamins and minerals.

·        Low in fat, making it a healthy choice for the sick and elderly with risk of high blood pressure, high cholesterol or heart diseases.

·        An excellent source of vitamin B12, which is very important in our body to help maintain our energy levels.

Fresh Lake Sardine Porridge Recipe

Freshwater Sardine Porridge
Freshwater Sardine Porridge 


2 tablespoons of lake sardines dried and ground

2 teaspoons of sorghum flour

2 teaspoons of maize flour

2 teaspoons of millet seeds

2 teaspoons of soya flour

2 teaspoons of butter or margarine

Juice from one lemon

5 cups of water

Bring 4 cups of water to boil in a pot. Mix flour in a bowl, add ½ a cup of water and mix well. Add the flour mixture to the boiling water constantly stirring bring to boil. Add remaining ingredients. Lower the heat and let it simmer for 15 minutes. Remove from the heat and serve with fresh bread.

Did you know?

The definition of porridge is a soft food made by boiling meal of grains or beans in milk or water until thick eaten hot made sweet or savory.

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Sunday, March 18, 2018

Graca Machel ex First Lady of Mozambique and South Africa

Graca Machel ex First Lady of Mozambique and South Africa

Graca Machel will take her place in history as a leader in the fight against poverty, illiteracy and injustice.

Graca Machel First Lady of Mozambique and South Africa

Graca Machel is the only women to have ever been first lady of two different countries, wife of Mozambique former president Samora Machel 1975 to 1986 and Nelson Mandela President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999.

Graça Simbine Machel was born on October 17, 1945, in Gaza, Mozambique, the last in a family of six children. Her father, a Methodist minister died three weeks before she was born. She attended Lisbon University in Portugal in 1968, to major in languages. Under surveillance from the Portuguese secret police, she was forced to abandon her education and flee to Switzerland to escape the prison sentence that was almost certainly waiting for her due to her political activities as a student.

Graca Machel and Samora Machel

In Tanzania, she underwent military training and learnt how to take an assault rifle apart and put it back together. Subsequently, she spent a short period in Mozambique Cabo Delgado Province, where she met Samora Machel, the Mozambican Liberation Front (FRELIMO) commander who later became her husband.

In September 1975, she married Samora Machel, the first president of newly independent Mozambique. When Mozambique became independent and FRELIMO formed the country’s first government in 1975, Machel became a member of Frelimo's Central Committee and the Minister of Education and Culture. Machel is recognized for her dedication to educating the people of Mozambique, and for her leadership in organizations devoted to the children of her war-torn country. She has been a major force in increasing literacy and schooling in Mozambique and has spoken of the needs and rights of children, families and community, from platforms all over the world.

Following President Machel’s death in a plane crash on October 19, 1986, she resigned her post as Minister of Education; she was able to reduce the illiteracy rate in Mozambique by 72 percent.

Graca Machel and Nelson Mandela

After Graca Machel and Nelson Mandela met, she was reluctant to marry him or discuss their relationship in public. Nevertheless, Mandela wooed her the old-fashioned way, occasionally giving his bodyguards headaches as president when he would make unannounced stops to buy her chocolates. The friendship between Graca Machel and the President of South Africa Nelson Mandela in the 1990s began to flourish. Machel has known Nelson Mandela since her husband's death in 1986.

Shortly after his release from prison, Mandela met Graça Machel, the widow of former Mozambican president, Samora Machel. The couple decided to tie the knot on Nelson Mandela's 80th birthday on July 18, 1998; she was 52 and Mandela 80 however, Machel said they were a perfect fit because they were both settled. She's Mandela's third wife, Nelson Mandela once said his wife, Graca Machel, makes him "bloom like a flower." They were married for 15 years until Mandela’s death December 5, 2013.

Graca Machel is a leader in her own right known for her integral part Mozambican liberation struggle, international advocate for women and child rights, and had headed the first United Nations study on the impact of war on children. She was a Laureate of Africa Prize for Leadership for the Sustainable End of Hunger from the Hunger Project in 1992 and in 1995 the Nansen Medal in recognition of her contribution to the welfare of refugee children and a member of the Africa Progress Panel.

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Saturday, March 17, 2018

Today seedlings are tomorrow’s forests

Flower of Africa
Today seedlings are tomorrow’s forests.

Tonga, Malawi Mai or mama Africa proverbs are not usually attributed to any particular individual, but collectively. Tonga people African proverbs are short sayings that contain the wisdom and experiences of African ancestors.

Tonga people African Proverbs

Today seedlings are tomorrow’s forests ~ Malawi Mai African Proverb

[ Clever is the eye that has traveled. ]

[ Today seedlings are tomorrow’s forests. ]

[ When your grandmother tells you something, you don't run to your mother to ask if it's the truth. ]

[ A good harvest of cassava is determined by young growing cuttings. ]

[ To ask is the desire to know the way. ]

[ Did you know? ]

Tonga people of Africa are the second largest ethnic group living in the Malawi, Mozambique, southern Zambia and neighboring areas of northern Zimbabwe and Botswana. The two Tonga clans are farmers and fishers with a rich oral history. 


Kuwona maso gha Nkhono nkhudeka
If you want to see a snail’s eyes, you need to be patient
Tonga African Proverb

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